We are conditioned to give up.
Just look at the snooze button.
The snooze button is always much bigger than the stop button on any alarm clock. Before the day begins we are told, “Don’t bother getting out of bed, give up and go back to sleep.”
Like I said, conditioned to give up.
But if you are to achieve your potential, you absolutely cannot give up.
Winston Churchill said,
Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.
Strength, talent, intelligence, beauty, money, fame are great, but if you are to unlock your potential it is going to take continuous effort. But I’d like to take things a step further and say that more than continuous effort, you need grit.
Collins Dictionary defines grit as:
determination and courage to continue doing something even though it is very difficult.
Grit is continuous effort when life is difficult. It is continuous effort when things have not gone your way. Continuous effort when it’s so much easier to hit the big, fat snooze button, roll over and pull the covers over your head.
Hebrews 10:36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
Patience endurance is what you need now. It’s the last thing you want. But it is what you need to reach potential. Patient endurance is not a feeling or a personality trait, it is a choice. You choose to endure or give up.
Hebrews 12:11 No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
God’s discipline is not punishment. Jesus took our pain and punishment on the Cross. Never confuse the two.
However, God disciplines us like a personal trainer disciplines a client. He stretches and pushes, consistently developing strength and faith to reach potential.
A few years ago I enlisted the help of a personal trainer to help me reach fitness goals. It was painful. He pushed me to press larger weights and plank for more seconds. Through discipline and continuous effort even when it was difficult, my trainer unlocked fitness potential.
If you are to reach your potential – more than talent, more than strength, more than beauty, more than intelligence – you need grit. Don’t give up. Don’t back out on your heavenly trainer.
Never underestimate the power of grit.